The beloved '80s glam-rock cartoon gets a modern reboot this fall

By Michael Miller
May 12, 2015 10:40 PM

The trailer for the modern-day, live-action reimagining of the wonderfully campy ’80s cartoon Jem has finally arrived.

Jem and the Holograms is coming to theaters this fall, and it’s bringing all the glam rock, eye makeup, and catchy keytar solos from the original animated series to the millennial age.

Nashville star Aubrey Peeples is Jerrica Benton, an ordinary girl who’s thrust into superstardom when her sister, Kimber (Stefanie Scott), uploads one of her songs to YouTube.

When the video goes viral, Jerrica, Kimber and their two adopted sisters, Aja Leith (Hayley Kiyoko), and Shana Elmsford (Aurora Perrineau), are signed by a devious music guru Erica Raymond (Juliette Lewis) to Starlight Enterprises.

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Jerrica is given the rockstar alter-ego of Jem, and together with her sisters, they become the world-famous Jem and Holograms.

But the film version of the story is aiming a little deeper than the truly outrageous glitz and glitter of the original.

“It’s actually about a group of young people who are going to be inundated with this idea of fame and fortune and products and stuff, and within all that, how do you stay true to who you really are?” director Jon M. Chu tells USA Today. “That’s the real soul of the movie.”

But Peeples also promises, “The whole thing is just quirky and cool and badass.”

In a nod to the past, ’80s icon Molly Ringwald is playing Jerrica’s Aunt Bailey, and Ryan Guzman is joining the cast as her love interest, Rio.

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Jem and the Holograms opens Oct. 23.